Washington State residents Steve and Donna had really been looking forward to a cross country trip during the summer months. Both Steve and Donna were professors so they had the time off and were really looking forward to visiting some of the most popular tourist sites the country has to offer. They had been tending to details for the past few weeks in preparation for their journey. They were preparing their home for a summer of emptiness by doing such things as emptying the refrigerator and pantry, arranging for lawn care, stopping mail and newspaper service, and arranging for neighborhood watch services to keep tabs on their property. They had spent many hours mapping out an efficient and thorough itinerary, one that would enable them to not miss anything of importance. They had let family and friends know of their itinerary and they had arranged for automatic bill payments for the summer months. They had researched places for where their pets might stay, looking at dog boarding Seattle, Washington locations as well as dog boarding Everett, Washington locations. They knew their pets would be well taken care of. Next, they concentrated on packing. They organized their luggage and made important decisions regarding what was essential and what they thought they could do without. They took their car to their mechanic for a tune up and had it detailed as well. They researched hotels and made reservations guaranteeing them a place to stay as they journeyed from city to city and site to site. Their finances were in order and they had access to emergency finances should an emergency occur. As the day of departure arrived they knew that they were well prepared for their trip.
So much pre-planning and foresight is required when planning a long vacation or trip. While there are some who are comfortable with a spur of the moment philosophy or with a disorganized approach to travel, most people reap the reward of peace of mind when they have invested time and wisdom into their pre-trip preparations. While no one can truly be prepared for any and every situation they may face during traveling adventures, pre -trip planning provides a way to be as prepared as possible. Certainly car trouble can rear its ugly head, even if pre-trip maintenance has been performed. But the likelihood of it is greatly reduced. Certainly there could be problems associated with your property. But the likelihood of a serious incident diminishes significantly if arrangements have been made for someone to keep an eye on the property. Certainly it is not often that a desired hotel is at maximum capacity but the security of a reservation will make its occupancy irrelevant.
Planning a long vacation or trip does take a lot of time but you can make it fun. Use the anticipation of the trip itself to motivate you to concentrate on the numerous details which may need to be attended to. Spending just a little bit of time getting organized for your trip will most likely make for a smoother and more enjoyable adventure.